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Massive fire destroys half of Burlington meat processing facility

Massive fire destroys half of Burlington meat processing facility

Firefighters are battling a multiple-alarm fire at a meat processing plant in Burlington, near the Queen Elizabeth Way and Appleby Line.

The blaze at 4480 Paletta Ct., on the southwest corner of Appleby Line near the South Service Road, began around 4:10 p.m. and was still raging past 7 p.m.

According to officials, at one point during the fire, the east wing of the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Fourteen firefighting units and 40 firefighters were on the scene at its height with assistance provided by the Oakville and Hamilton fire departments, including aerial ladder trucks.

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"We ask that residents travel safely, as smoke is thick near the fire location and traffic is heavy", a statement released by Burlington Fire said.

The cause and damage have yet to be determined.

"The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office will be attending tomorrow to proceed with the investigation, but I think it will be quite some time before we're able to establish what happened".

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